Black & White: Recorded In The Field By Art Rosenbaum

Art Rosenbaum is a retired University of Georgia art professor, and a collector of traditional American music. Since the early 1960s, he has made field recordings of mostly little-known artists. This set represents black and white American traditions and – most important – examples of productive black and white musical interaction. Impressive. – Digipak w/ 40-page booklet in English and French.

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This album will whisk you away to the Deep South, celebrated in a movie such as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, where Black and White musicians alike laid the foundations for American music as we know it. Following in the footsteps of famed folklorist Alan Lomax, Art Rosenbaum has spent a half-century unearthing and recording these pioneers in their natural environment. His work proves that music in the South has often been the key to a better understanding between communities on both sides of the racial fence. Art’s fieldwork earned him a Grammy in the “Best Historical Album” category in 2008.

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Compiled by Art Rosenbaum, from the two boxed CD sets titled ‘’ The Art oF Field Recording: 50 Years of Traditional American Music’’ released in the U.S. by the Dust-To-Digital label


1 Henry Grady Terrell Old John Henry Died On The Mountain 1:53
2 The Chancey Brothers I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground 4:00
3 Mose Parker John Henry 4:06
4 Silver Light Gospel Singers Don’t You Let Nobody Turn You ‘Round 2:57
5 Gordon Tanner & Smokey Joe Miller (2) Devilish Mary 2:39
6 James ” Yank” Rachel* & Shirley Griffith Mandolin Stomp 2:08
7 Lawrence Eller & Vaughn Eller Down The Road 1:01
8 Golden River Grass Going Down The Road Feeling Bad 3:39
9 Jake Staggers Going Down The Road Feeling Bad 1:58
10 Brady Doc* & Lucy Barnes Free Go Lily 0:27
11 Ben Entrekin & Uncle John Patterson Flat Foot Charlie 2:03
12 Cecil Barfield Georgia Bottleneck Blues 3:50
13 Lawrence McKiver & The McIntosh County Shouters Jubilee 2:01
14 Mary Lomax Lord Daniel 1:57
15 The Balfa Brothers & Nathan Abshire J’Ai Passé Devant Ta Porte 2:54
16 The Eller Brothers & Ross Brown (3) Don’t Go Riding Down That Old Texas Trail 2:03
17 Guitar Pete Franklin* Guitar Pete’s Blues 3:06
18 Albert Hash & Art Rosenbaum Train 45 1:27
19 Eddie Bowles Bowles’ Blues 3:48
20 George Childers Nobody’s Business 2:28
21 Scrapper Blackwell Goin’ Where The Monon Crosses The Yellow Dog 4:40
22 Fleeta* & Rev. Nathaniel Mitchell* Brother, You Ought T’ve Been There 1:28
23 Tony Bryant Broke Down Engine 2:26
24 Juanita* & Oscar Shorty Shehan Free Little Bird 1:41


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From soulful blues and gospel to chipper bluegrass, the tracks on this album highlight some of the finest music’s of the American South. Rosenbaum is an artist, musician and folklorist who has collected a vast collection of recordings from this region. The music is performed by a mix of local musicians and some professional ensembles.

Highlights include the slow and lilting blues, Going where the Moon crosses the Yellow Dog from blues guitarist, Scrapper Blackwell. Mary Lomax sings the country song, Daniel’s Lord with a thick southern accent and a vocal tone that is beautiful in its unadorned simplicity.

Parallels can justifiably be drawn between Art Rosenbaum’s collections and the work of hugely influential musicologist Alan Lomax. Lomax, who helped bring blues legend Leadbelly to prominence in the 1940s, left an important legacy of recording local American music-making in its original location. Rosenbaum’s work is an excellent contribution towards continuing this tradition. Though recorded in the field, the sound quality is crystal clear and all local performers are duly credited.

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